Wednesday, February 20, 2013


                           Sadhu Sundar singh (1889-1929) was a great missionary of India who spread the Word of God among the people of Tibet in the Himalayan mountain ranges.
                           One afternoon, as he was travelling on foot with a companion along a hilly path in Tibet, they were caught in a severe snow storm. During a brief lull, looking down from the edge of a steep slope, they saw the body of a traveller lying in the snow at the foot of the cliff, over thirty feet below the path. The stranger had obviously fallen from the path and needed urgent attention and assistance.
                           As the Sadhu tried to climb down to rescue the man, his companion tried his best to dissuade him. He warned the Sadhu that if they lost time in the effort to save the stranger, all three of them would  be frozen to death in the snow storm before reaching their shelter. The Sadhu was determined to save the helpless man and sought the cooperation of his companion. But he refused to help and walked away to save his own life.
                           The Sadhu climbed down the slope and reached the injured man. He was badly hurt and had broken his leg in the fall. The Sadhu carried the stranger on his shoulders, carefully covering him with his blanket and climbed up the steep and slippery path with the heavy load. After hours of tedious travel with the heavy load in the severe snow storm, they approached the nearest village when darkness was near. The Sadhu was drenched in sweat. Suddenly he stumbled over a human body half-buried in the ice-covered road. It was the frozen dead body of the companion who deserted the Sadhu and proceeded alone to save his own life. He was overcome by the cold and frozen to a tragic death.
                           The Sadhu carried the stranger to the safety and warmth of a shelter in the village and provided him with all necessary assistance. He remembered that by saving the stranger by sacrificing his comforts, he had actually saved himself. The exertion of carrying the heavy load, the perspiration and the intimate contact of their living bodies had heated them up and saved their lives.                               
                           A disciple once asked sadhu Sundar Singh, "What is life's most difficult task?" He answered, "To have no burden to carry!" The greatest gift of selfless service is that it also helps the one who serves. There is no valley so deep to be beyond the reach of God's mercy.
                           Jesus Christ taught,  “Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them!” Suppose there are people who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. What good is there in telling them, “God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!”- if we don’t give them the necessities of life? Faith without generous actions,  is dead and useless.                                  
                           We may give without loving; but we cannot love without giving. Love is giving all we can. Love is like a smile - both have no value unless given away. Karl Menninger said, "Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it." Mother Teresa said, "It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts."
                           St. John taught, "God is love and whoever lives in love lives in union with God and God lives in union with him."
                           Love is a language that can be heard by the deaf, seen by the blind and felt even by the paralytic and the mentally retarded.
© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India, Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally, Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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